Many conditions must be in place to implement safe routes to school and encourage more active forms of local transportation. This section examines the role of thoughtful local leadership and community readiness.
The art of formulating school and community active transportation related policy includes: asking questions to frame community issues, building community commitment through engagement, understanding how to work within local and regional transportation planning systems and providing clear direction to staff and committees to develop and steward an action plan.
Go through these steps to assess your community’s readiness to engage in safe routes to schools or other active transportation projects. These questions will also help you identify areas that need to be developed and ways to prioritize investments in order to have long lasting and successful projects.
The Safe Routes to School Decision Maker Toolkit was developed by the Cities, Counties and Schools Partnership and the Institute for Local Government for the California Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Technical Assistance Resource Center (TARC). The SRTS TARC is a program within California Active Communities, a joint Unit of the University of California, San Francisco and the California Department of Public Health, and is funded through a SRTS Non-Infrastructure award from the California Department of Transportation.